Driver (Train and Tram)

Train and Tram Drivers carry passengers and cargo along scheduled routes for travel, distribution or transportation to specified locations. They must be able to operate large vehicles on rail networks, adhering to all operational procedures and safety laws and maintaining accurate schedule of stops.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to all traffic and safety control procedures and information communicated through monitors
  • Conduct basic inspection of device including changing controls and power supply poles and notify management of repairs or operational needs, and monitor indicator meters
  • Make announcements for scheduled stops and inbound or outbound destinations
  • Operate heating and cooling systems on trams and trains and manually activate opening and closing doors for passengers in safe and effective manner
  • Provide information of route schedules and destinations for passengers
  • Remain alert and responsive to railway signals, conditions on the tracks and proximate vehicles to ensure safety
  • Travel along scheduled routes in a timely manner, watching for signs of passenger pick-up and drop-off needs

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Problem Solving Capabilities
  • Time Management
  • Train /Tram Operating License

Working conditions

Train and Tram Drivers spend most of their time driving passengers or transporting cargo to and from predetermined destinations. They should be able to spend long periods of time driving large trains and trams while staying alert and adhering to all transport and safety laws. They may need to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends to meet schedules.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Rail Training
Rail, Tram & Bus Union (VIC)

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